The Last Stretch Of The Semester As Told By The NBA

The Last Stretch Of The Semester As Told By The NBA

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

The end of the semester is a stressful time for college students. A time when we generally spend the majority of our lives crying, sleeping, and procrastinating. A time where we must accept that finals might ruin us forever, we're another year closer to the end, and the real world really is out there waiting for us. Maybe the NBA will help us all feel a little better:

1. When professors don't understand that your time is precious and limited.

Sometimes they think you're spending $60,000 to take their class only.

2. Acing your presentation you prepared the night before.

Procrastination is on the road to proficiency.

3. When class is canceled.

Literally a gift and a dream come true; it'll make your whole week.

4. Looking at your alarm like:

Why you gotta wake me up like that fam?

5. At least the weather is nicer and it stays dark later.

Let's just pretend that awkward April snow flurry didn't happen.

6. When you sit down with your advisor to figure out the rest of your life.

You're beyond ready to get your shit together.

7. When the conversation turns serious and you actually need to make a plan for the rest of your life.

You're actually so not ready to get your shit together.

8. Then you can't help but laugh at how stressed you're becoming.

It's cool. I'm fine. Really, I'm FINE.

9. Because literally everything is due on the same day and you're just trying to slide by.

Stop trying to make sliding happen. It's never going to happen.

10. And you seriously consider dropping out of college.

You can totally justify dropping out. Totally. Justifiable.

11. But you remember there's only 3 weeks of classes left.

And a half a week. And a makeup snow day. And a reading day. But we so close fam.

12. So you unsuccessfully try to slow time down because you're not ready to be a SENIOR.


13. But your mom is cheering you on from the sidelines like:

My mom always has my back.

14. And you're like "Okay, let's finish up strong."

It's time to focus.

15. As you get ready for the biggest game of the year.

Let the domination begin.

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1. Uniforms

Plaid. The one thing that every private school-goer knows all too well. It was made into jumpers, skirts, shorts, scouts, hair ties, basically anything you could imagine, the school plaid was made into. You had many different options on what to wear on a normal day, but you always dreaded dress uniform day because of skirts and ballet flats. But it made waking up late for school a whole lot easier.

2. New people were a big deal

New people weren't a big thing. Maybe one or two a year to a grade, but after freshman year no one new really showed up, making the new kid a big deal.

3. You've been to school with most of your class since Kindergarten

Most of your graduating class has been together since Kindergarten, maybe even preschool, if your school has it. They've become part of your family, and you can honestly say you've grown up with your best friends.

4. You've had the same teachers over and over

Having the same teacher two or three years in a row isn't a real surprise. They know what you are capable of and push you to do your best.

5. Everyone knows everybody. Especially everyone's business.

Your graduating class doesn't exceed 150. You know everyone in your grade and most likely everyone in the high school. Because of this, gossip spreads like wildfire. So everyone knows what's going on 10 minutes after it happens.

6. Your hair color was a big deal

If it's not a natural hair color, then forget about it. No dyeing your hair hot pink or blue or you could expect a phone call to your parents saying you have to get rid of it ASAP.

7. Your school isn't like "Gossip Girl"

There is no eating off campus for lunch or casually using your cell phone in class. Teachers are more strict and you can't skip class or just walk right off of campus.

8. Sports are a big deal

Your school is the best of the best at most sports. The teams normally go to the state championships. The rest of the school that doesn't play sports attends the games to cheer on the teams.

9. Boys had to be clean-shaven, and hair had to be cut

If you came to school and your hair was not cut or your beard was not shaved, you were written up and made to go in the bathroom and shave or have the head of discipline cut your hair. Basically, if you know you're getting written up for hair, it's best just to check out and go get a hair cut.

10. Free dress days were like a fashion show

Wearing a school uniform every day can really drive you mad. That free dress day once a month is what you lived for. It was basically a fashion show for everyone, except for those upperclassmen who were over everything and just wore sweat pants.

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